DIY Cucumber Trellis & Support Ideas
Cucumbers are relatively easy to grow, but they can take up quite a lot of space in your garden, but provide a trellis or support for your cucumbers and you can grow them vertically, yielding more cucumbers in less space.
In this article, we’ll explore twelve cucumber trellis ideas to help you grow more in your garden and discuss some of the options you can consider when making them yourself at home.
Why Trellis Cucumbers?
First of all, it is important to understand that you do not necessarily have to provide a trellis as support for cucumbers. You can simply allow them to trail as they will on the ground but by providing supports for your plants, and training them to grow more vertically, you can often achieve far better results.
When we talk about trellising cucumbers, we are of course talking about vining rather than bush types. Bush types will have a more compact habit of growth. And so of course, they will require less support than vining varieties.
Trellising Improves Cucumber Quality
If you trellis cucumbers, this will not only mean that they will take up less space in your garden, it can also help improve quality if you keep the fruits up off the ground. The cucumbers you get on a trellised plant will tend to be more perfect and less blemished than those that have been allowed to trail. And disease and pest problems can often be kept to a minimum.
Trellising Can Make It Easier For the Gardener
Another thing to consider is that cucumbers growing up a trellis will be easier to water, and to harvest so when you trellis cucumbers, it makes it easier for you as the gardener.
A trellis is not the only option. You can also grow cucumbers in hanging baskets or other hanging containers.
Remember, the trellises that you use to support your cucumbers can also support other companion crops. Pole beans, for example, are one good companion for cucumbers that can share their trellis. And peas are another nitrogen fixer that it could be beneficial to sow alongside your cucumber plants. Nasturtiums are also a useful companion plant for cucumbers that could look great when set to climb the same trellis.
But what sort of trellis should you choose? There certainly are plenty of options.
To make it a little easier for you to make the right choice for your garden, I’ve come up with 12 different trellis ideas for you to consider.
And under each of these ideas, I will suggest a few different materials you could consider using to make a trellis of that type.
Read on to gain inspiration for your cucumber garden.
Cucumber Trellis Types
1. Vertical Fence
Perhaps the simplest way to grow cucumbers vertically is to grow them up an existing fence, or to create a new fence that can do double duty as a trellis too.
Growing cucumbers and other vining plants up a chain link fence can make it far more attractive through the growing season – as well as increasing growing space on your property.
But other simple types of fencing – such as pallet wood or reclaimed wood fencing, wattle fences or other fences made with branches could also serve as support for cucumber plants.
2. Fence or Wall Mounted Trellis
If you have a sunny, south facing wall or fence that is flat, you could also consider placing containers, planters or a raised bed at its base in which to grow cucumbers. You could then affix a trellis made from a range of different materials to this existing structure.
For example, you could drive hooks in at the top of the wall or fence, and grow cucumbers up twine attached to these hooks and secured at the base.
You could also create a structure from bamboo, or natural branches from your garden, for example, and secure this structure against the wall or fence.
Of course, you could buy a ready made trellis for the purpose. But it is so easy and affordable to make your own that buying a purpose build trellis will not usually be necessary. Think about natural or reclaimed materials that you could use before you buy anything.
3. Stand-Alone Vertical Trellis
Of course, you do not have to have a wall or fence to make a trellis. There are a number of ways to make a vertical, free-standing trellis for your garden. And a huge number of natural or reclaimed materials that you could use to do so.
4. A-Frame Trellis
An A-frame structure is also a good idea for a cucumber trellis that is sturdy enough to support a number of plants.
A-frame structures can be created using a range of different materials. Often, a simple A-frame will be made from reclaimed wood, branches, logs or bamboo. The sides of the A-frame can then be fitted with netting, dowels or strings for cucumbers to climb.
5. Tent-Shape Trellis
Tent-shaped trellises are similar to the A-framed options. But these do not necessarily have to have a sturdy supporting frame. A couple of varied ideas within this category can be found by following the links below.
6. Ladder Type Trellis
If you want to keep things simple, you could create a trellis by simply using an old step ladder for the purpose.
7. Propped Pallet Trellis
Speaking of using reclaimed wood – you might not even have to do much construction work at all. One other simple trellis idea involves using a wood pallet, simply propped up on two posts. This simple and easy idea could be perfect for growing cucumbers in a small raised bed.
8. Teepee Trellis
Another idea that works well for small spaces is a teepee or wigwam-like construction. A small teepee trellis could be perfect for cucumbers grown in containers. But you could make a larger teepee too to support a larger number of cucumber vines.
You can make your teepee structure using bamboo, branches, reclaimed wood or other materials. And it is a versatile type of trellis that you can create in any size – to suit your space and plants.
9. Arch Trellis
Another interesting idea to consider is an arch shaped trellis. Such a trellis can be a relatively low arch formed over a small bed, or growing area. Or it could be a much larger arch that could be created to span a pathway, with cucumbers or other vining plants growing up the sides.
In the link below, you will find instructions on making a simple, low arch trellis – perfect for shorter gardeners who may not be able to reach up to the top of a vertical trellis structure.